Published: Wednesday, 05 April 2017 19:21
Homework Central is pleased to announce that Alexandra Christ has joined its Advisory Board.
Alexandra was inspired to found Peace Joy Soccer in 2016, a nonprofit that in late 2016 distributed soccer balls to Syrian refugee children at camps, orphanages and schools in Greece. Alexandra moved into action by raising the necessary funding, purchasing soccer balls in Greece and personally delivering soccer balls to children. For Alexandra, this selfless act of kindness has become a mission, all of which has been widely reported locally and internationally.
The spark for Alexandra’s inspiration came from her increasing awareness that hundreds of thousands of people have been fleeing their homes at great personal risk for better lives, only to be turned away or placed in camps in Greece and several other countries where few resources exist. Her understanding became deeply personal as she learned that were it not for her great grandmother putting her grandfather on a ship bound for America, Alexandra might be a Syrian refugee today.
Alexandra intends to positively impact the lives of refugees, especially children, wherever they come from and wherever they hope to resettle. Having previously travelled internationally for 2.5 years, Alexandra realized that a unifying bridge to children everywhere is a simple round item: a soccer ball. What began as a one-time project has since blossomed into an evolving nonprofit. The goal: bring joy and hope to refugee children, one soccer ball at a time.
Homework Central looks forward to Alexandra’s infectious energy, inspiration and commitment to calling people to act. Together we will inspire volunteers to join us in positively affecting the lives of at-risk elementary school students in the San Mateo-Foster City School District through mentoring, homework support, skills development, and technology training.
Published: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 19:21
We are pleased to welcome Javier Ruiz as our newest Board of Director.
Javier Ruiz was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala until he moved to the U.S. for college with the help of a scholarship from the Walton International Scholarship Program. Javier and his wife later moved to California in 2012 after spending four years in Monterrey, Mexico.
Javier holds a M.Sc. degree in Automation and is an electrical engineer. He currently works as a control and automation software consultant and helps technology companies accelerate their R&D and get their products to market.
In addition to his professional work, Javier is passionate about education, especially when it comes to technology. In Javier’s words, “I believe education has made a tremendous difference in my life and professional career. As a native from Guatemala, I am deeply inspired by Homework Central’s work in the mostly Hispanic community in San Mateo. I believe that if we provide the tools and skills to these children, they will be able to come up with innovative and new solutions to solve many of the problems in the community.” Javier hopes to help the board expand the science and engineering programs offered to the community.
In his spare time, Javier is an avid yoga practitioner.